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Tips for Choosing the Right Parking Lot/Street Sweeper for Your Needs

Machine sweepers don’t only work faster and wider than human workers, but they offer much better outcomes too. This makes them ever more popular these days despite the fact that they require substantial investment. Click here for more

Then again, not all sweepers are created the same. Not all will be right for you, but to make a good choice, it’s important to review a few basic considerations, such as:

Size of the area

The biggest factor to be considered when purchasing a sweeper is the size of the surface that must be swept. For example, if this area is no bigger than 50,000 square meters, then a walk-behind sweeper whose sweeping path is around 36 inches wide is usually a good choice. If we’re talking above 50,000 square feet, then a compact ride-on sweeper with a 50-inch sweeping path is more suitable. If you’re unsure, a company rep should be able to present options and help you make the right choice.

Types of surface and debris

As you surely know, there can be several types of ground surfaces out there, such as tile, bare concrete, asphalt and the like. Obviously, the broom that must be mounted on your sweeper will depend on the surface that you intend to use the machine on. The same goes for the debris, whether it’s sand and gravel, dry chemicals, manufacturing scrap or what have you. Fact is, it’s not only the type of debris that will affect what broom and sweeper are right for you, but debris volume will also affect issues such as air filters, dumping power and hopper capacity.

Steepness of grade and general maneuverability

Also a vital consideration to be made when purchasing a sweeper is the steepness of the grades that need to be swept or merely traversed. If you plan to use the sweeper in a parking garage, for example, it should be powerful enough to handle the ramps. In outdoor applications, you have to look into the variations in levels between adjacent areas, as well as the grades that are to be either swept or traversed. If you have aisles leading to dead ends or corners don’t provide enough space, aim for a sweeper with outstanding maneuverability, which will probably affect size.

Operators and their skill levels

If the sweeper must be operated by at least two people, or if only one operator should use it and his skill level is low, pick a sweeper that can be configured to run at least partly automatically, has easy-to-manage controls and is generally user-friendly. Lastly, sweeper operators must be knowledgeable about the equipment enough to inspect it for problems or potential problems daily or at least weekly. Click here for more

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